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  • Stephen Dahlin

Need Versus Want

I need to fold the laundry as soon as it gets out of the dryer. (or I end up not doing it at all)
I need to drink more water I need to read the stack of books by my bed (and not watch so much TV at night) I need to touch base with certain friends that I have allowed to “drop off” I need to figure out the Christmas exchange with my extended family I need to workout more I need to pray more I need to write in my journal like I was in college (more passion) I need to start running again I need to look at my 2015 goals I need to finish organizing the garage

I was recently going through a “need to do this before end of year” list. As I was mentally going through it I got tired and had really no motivation to do any of the things I was rattling off in my mind. And then I remembered a verse from the Bible.

John 1:38 38 Jesus looked around and saw them following. “What do you want?” he asked them.

You see Jesus didn’t ask them what they needed. He asked them “what do you want”. All of a sudden this verse came alive to me in a different way. When I want something versus need it, my desire for it shifts. I may need to exercise, but when I want to sit and watch marathon runs of The Voice while sipping wine with my husband the “want” out ways the “need” every-time. Do you need to pray more or do you want to? Having the want behind it is what keeps it ablaze with zeal and with commitment. It’s what maintains when the going gets rough. When you want to because you love it and you know how awesome it is, it changes the entirety of it. Jesus knew what he was saying when he said want instead of “what do you need” and as the light bulb came on for me with this I realized I really desire to change my “need to” into “want to”.

The thesaurus says: want: desire, yearn for, wish for, hope for, aspire to, crave, hunger for,….

I want, to want to.

So what is it that you really want? Lets look at our “need to” lists and think. Let’s pray that we can shift are hearts and our thoughts to want. It goes beyond just the needs. Christ doesn’t just want to give you what you need.

John 10:10 10 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.

He came so that we might not just have our basic need but so that we might have our wants as well! A rich and satisfying life! If that’s not a want I don’t know what is.

So I’ve thought about this concept some more and I have come up with my all time want. It’s also in the Bible. Phil 3:10 NIV I want to know Christ.

I want to want to know Christ! To be on fire for him, to yearn for, to crave, to aspire and to hope for!

What do you want?

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